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Kathy Herman
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March 28 2003 The Baxter Series (Book 4)
Eighteen-year-old Angie Marks, tattooed and pierced, shows up in the small town of Baxter without a place to stay. When eccentric millionaire Patrick Bailey hires her to be his housekeeper, and then when Angie risks her own safety to help Mr. Bailey get his twin great-grandsons out of a rattlesnake's strike zone, she finds herself fully at the center of the town's curiosity. At Monty's Diner they say she might be involved with Billy Joe Sawyer, using rattlers to intimidate the key witnesses in his upcoming trial. Is she? Or does Angie Marks have her own agenda?

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Kathy Herman is a best-selling author and award-winning poet, who has contributed feature stories and articles to publications such as Bookstore Journal. A former staff member of the Christian Booksellers Association, she has also worked at Better Books Christian Center, specializing in children's products and conducting related seminars in the U.S. and Canada. She and her husband, Paul, have three grown children and five grandchildren and live in Tyler, Texas.

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5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring tale April 13 2003
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Baxter is a very small town where everybody knows everyone else, a place where a stranger sticks out immediately. When eighteen-year-old, Angie Marks arrives in town, people start whispering about the stud in her nose, the very visible tattoos and the black nail polish. Many people think she is dangerous but the town millionaire Patrick Bailey see beyond appearances and hire her to be his housekeeper. He ignores the warnings of his daughter and his grandson's new wife, even when she disappears and is suspected to be with murder suspect Tully Hollister.
He believes that there is a rational reason why Angie is gone and his faith in her remains steadfast. When Tully and Angie are finally found, the town learns Tully kidnapped Angie but didn't harm her. He thought she had information that would exonerate him on the murder charge. Patrick takes her back and learns the real reason she came to Baxter and then proceeds to do everything in his power to see that she gets what she needs.
Patrick is a very wise and astute character who sees beyond surface appearances. Angie is a young woman who desperately needs someone to love her for herself and Patrick does just that because he sees the goodness and gentleness within her. He goes out of his way to show his acceptance of her and she in turn shows her devotion to him by being the best worker he ever employed. Kathy Herman has written an inspiring tale that isn't preachy yet gets her message across.
Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book in The Baxter Series! Nov. 10 2003
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I'm not usually a series reader, but The Baxter Series has really captured my attention. I've enjoyed them all, and this was no different. When Angie Marks, complete with tatoos, unconventional hair style, and multiple body piercings arrives in traditional Baxter, she causes quite a stir. Fortunately there is ONE person who sees the person beneath all the tough exterior. Patrick Bailey, who we met in the previous book in the series, gives her a job and takes her in.
This book is action-packed and difficult to put down. This book features rattlesnakes, a murder investigation, a rocky newlywed relationship, and so much more. And the underlying current that God loves us for who we are on the INSIDE. I recommend all the books in this series ("Tested by Fire" is the first one), and am eagerly looking forward to Book 5 in the series, which I understand is the last one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars CHANGE IN READER Sept. 1 2003
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After reading HIGH STAKES, I found myself silently praying for every pierced and tattooed teen I passed in the Mall--that they would find unconditional love and belonging through a caring adult, like Angie Marks discovered in the old man, Patrick Bailey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring tale April 13 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Baxter is a very small town where everybody knows everyone else, a place where a stranger sticks out immediately. When eighteen-year-old, Angie Marks arrives in town, people start whispering about the stud in her nose, the very visible tattoos and the black nail polish. Many people think she is dangerous but the town millionaire Patrick Bailey see beyond appearances and hire her to be his housekeeper. He ignores the warnings of his daughter and his grandson's new wife, even when she disappears and is suspected to be with murder suspect Tully Hollister.
He believes that there is a rational reason why Angie is gone and his faith in her remains steadfast. When Tully and Angie are finally found, the town learns Tully kidnapped Angie but didn't harm her. He thought she had information that would exonerate him on the murder charge. Patrick takes her back and learns the real reason she came to Baxter and then proceeds to do everything in his power to see that she gets what she needs.
Patrick is a very wise and astute character who sees beyond surface appearances. Angie is a young woman who desperately needs someone to love her for herself and Patrick does just that because he sees the goodness and gentleness within her. He goes out of his way to show his acceptance of her and she in turn shows her devotion to him by being the best worker he ever employed. Kathy Herman has written an inspiring tale that isn't preachy yet gets her message across.
Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CHANGE IN READER Sept. 1 2003
By Janet Bly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
After reading HIGH STAKES, I found myself silently praying for every pierced and tattooed teen I passed in the Mall--that they would find unconditional love and belonging through a caring adult, like Angie Marks discovered in the old man, Patrick Bailey.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book in The Baxter Series! Nov. 10 2003
By Soozie4Him - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm not usually a series reader, but The Baxter Series has really captured my attention. I've enjoyed them all, and this was no different. When Angie Marks, complete with tatoos, unconventional hair style, and multiple body piercings arrives in traditional Baxter, she causes quite a stir. Fortunately there is ONE person who sees the person beneath all the tough exterior. Patrick Bailey, who we met in the previous book in the series, gives her a job and takes her in.
This book is action-packed and difficult to put down. This book features rattlesnakes, a murder investigation, a rocky newlywed relationship, and so much more. And the underlying current that God loves us for who we are on the INSIDE. I recommend all the books in this series ("Tested by Fire" is the first one), and am eagerly looking forward to Book 5 in the series, which I understand is the last one!
You might want to check out my other reviews!!
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the previous books in the series June 14 2010
By K. Waide - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the fourth book in the Baxter Series by Kathy Herman. In this book Angie Marks arrives in town as the trial of Billy Joe Sawyer draws near. She has tattoos and body piercings, which causes the locals, who are focused on her appearance, to gossip about her and reject her. She has a hard time finding a job, until Mr Bailey hires her as a live in housekeeper, causing his family to question his judgement. She is in town for a reason that only she knows, but when there are attacks on key witnesses in the murder trial people begin to suspect her involvement just because of her appearance.
When Angie is implicated in a gruesome murder the community feels they were right to suspect her. And because the accused killer has taken her into hiding with him she is unable to try to prove her innocence. At the same time the real killer is out there and she is not safe.
This is a story of looking past appearances and into the heart. Once again, not letting yourself become judgmental of people who are different than yourself. I have to say this was not one of my favorites in the series. The suspense conflict is resolved by the middle of the book and the author then focuses on the mystery of why Angie is in Baxter to begin with. It becomes a story of family reconciliation. I do have to say there is more of a whodunit in the mystery of who really committed the murder. But the way it was resolved seem too convenient, almost unbelievable, and it was almost as if the author wanted to get that part of the story over with and concentrate on the story of Angie. I do like the relationship that developed between Mr Bailey and Angie.
All in all I would have to give this book 3 stars. I did find it ironic that this book was actually listed as a suspense book on the website where I found lists of Christian Suspense authors and their books, while the first books in the series, which I found more suspenseful, were not. The website is called The Suspense Zone.
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Enjoyed It! June 3 2008
By Tamara Tilley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
HIGH STAKES, the fourth book in The Baxter Series, quickly became my favorite. The introduction of Angie Marks, a young, free-spirited, teenager brought a youthful energy to the book. Angie has come to Baxter for a reason, not just by chance. And her spiky black hair, tattoos, and piercings, draws stares and standoff attitudes from the town's people. Will she follow through with her plan? And what will she do when people suspect her in a crime just because she looks different?

Though I was surprised with the drastic change in the character of Patrick Bailey, I loved the interaction between him and Angie. The takeaway message of HIGH STAKES is, How do we treat others when they are different from ourselves? I've enjoyed the way all the characters overlap in this series. Though I continue to be surprised at how quickly some of the characters have gone from hardnosed, critical - to born again, virtuous, it has not been enough to sway me from reading further. I am now off to the final book of the series, A FINE LINE.
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